residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ˈre-zə-ˌdü, -ˌdyü\

Definition of residue 

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated or after the completion of a process : remnant, remainder: such as

a : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, allowances, and previous devises and bequests

b : the remainder after subtracting a multiple of a modulus from an integer or a power of the integer that can appear as the second of the two terms in an appropriate congruence 2 and 7 are residues of 12 modulo 5

c : a constituent structural unit (such as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues from hydrolysis of protein

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Examples of residue in a Sentence

The grill was covered in a greasy residue from the hamburgers. The divorce left a residue of pain in the family. There was some kind of sticky residue on the floor. She left the residue of her estate to her daughter.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The officer reportedly observed several small bags containing marijuana residue in the compartment on the driver's door. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood police release photo of suspects linked to Kroger counterfeit case," 25 Mar. 2018 How far the unsacrificed residue will be endangered, is the question before us. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "A good offense may be best defense for House GOP," 25 June 2018 Their hunt, which was meant to shed light on the religious and ritualistic history of smoking, had already yielded tobacco and jimsonweed residue in pipes dating back a few hundred years. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Americans have been lighting up for more than 3000 years, ancient pipe reveals," 15 June 2018 Inside his motel room, investigators found what appeared to be heroin residue and paraphernalia, as well as several bottles of prescription medications for depression and anxiety. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Man who sued Ed Murray, alleging sex abuse, died from accidental overdose," 23 Apr. 2018 Drug cleanup expert Lee Yelin of Water Rights Inc. tested the facility and found methamphetamine residue inside the cabinet and in an employee bathroom, where smoke exhaled into a vent fan permeated the entire facility, according to KULR. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Day care worker built ‘drug den’ inside cabinet to smoke meth, Montana cops say | The Sacramento Bee," 15 Apr. 2018 Not just-used-dry-shampoo clean, but just-got-a-blowout clean, with absolutely zero white residue or sticky film. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "WORTH IT: The 5 Insanely Good Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week," 18 May 2018 During the inspections, twice at Francois’ apartment and twice with garbage taken to police headquarters, police found documents with Francois’ name, plastic bags with cannabis residue and the emptied contents of blunt-type cigars. Safid Deen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tallahassee police suspected FSU QB Deondre Francois was selling marijuana at apartment," 17 Apr. 2018 Officers collected from the vehicle over 20 needles and a spoon with residue on it. Andy Attina / Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Officers locate assaulted woman in disabled vehicle: Mayfield Village Police Blotter," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of residue

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for residue

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin residuum, from neuter of residuus left over, from residēre to remain

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residue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of residue

: a usually small amount of something that remains after a process has been completed or a thing has been removed

: the amount of something valuable (such as an estate) that is left after all debts have been paid

residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ˈre-zə-ˌdü, -ˌdyü\

Kids Definition of residue

: whatever remains after a part is taken, set apart, or lost

residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ˈrez-ə-ˌd(y)ü \

Medical Definition of residue 

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated specifically : a constituent structural unit (as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues in a protein

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residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ˈre-zə-ˌdü, -ˌdyü \

Legal Definition of residue 

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated specifically : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, taxes, and legacies other than residuary legacies

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